La La Land
This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other.
A TIFF strike is narrowly avoided; Russell Simmons' highly offensive "Harriet Tubman sex tape"; Christina Yang as a groundbreaking TV character; novelist Francine Prose is no fan of "Blue Jasmine"; why audiences rate films so much higher than critics do.
Lee Daniels, the director of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," discusses his personal stakes in the story and working with Forest Whitaker on the way the character grows and changes.
Simon Abrams muses on the limits of the supposed provocations on "a handful of Bratty, pseudo-adult comics" including Kick-Ass, Irredeemable and Crossed.
Whereas Hitch's film worked very loosely from the original novel, deftly weaving romantic comedy and social commentary into the suspenseful fabric, screenwriter Fiona Seres' take on the material focuses so intently on its "vanishing" that the tale becomes monotonous and too narrowly focused in its telling.
Jenji Kohan on why she can write women of color; a campaign to save drive-in theaters; Danny Boyle's 15 rules of moviemaking; Lee Daniels on how racism impacted funding for "The Butler"; memoirist Laura Bogart on writing and anger.
Dave Bunting's video essay on the cinematography of "Breaking Bad" Season 1, with an essay by Nick Schager.
"Orange Is the New Black's" Uzo Aduba; a Hollywood actress' career cut short by a hair dryer; why "Ginger Snaps" may be the most feminist horror flick of all time; old film magazines are now searchable for everyone; 17 reasons why women may make better directors.
French New Wave star Bernadette Lafont passed away July 25th. Lisa Nesselson writes about this bold, amazing actress.
At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, a panel talked about Roger Ebert's connection to the world of science fiction and comic book fandom.
Footage from "The Day the Clown Cried," an unfinished Holocaust film Jerry Lewis attempted to make, is seeing the light of day. Is that a good thing?